Meet the artists: Halaqat audiovisual residency
© R. Nsabimana, L. Dabous, A. Al-Hilali, P. Tass, Z. Benhammou (photo:D. Samanli), R. Tawk
Get to know the six motivated professional filmmakers who will participate in the Halaqat audiovisual residency in 2022 at Atelier Graphoui and Cinemaximiliaan.
Six motivated filmmakers from the Arab diaspora based in Belgium were selected for the Halaqat audiovisual residency launched by the Goethe-Institut and Bozar – Centre for Fine Arts Brussels together with Atelier Graphoui, Cinemaximiliaan and Sound Image Culture - SIC. During the whole year 2022, they will work on their project, meet and get coached.
- Asaad Al-Hilali - Project 'Zero'
Born in Baghdad 1960, Asaad Al-Hilali graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts - Cinema in 1986. During his film studies he shot six documentaries for Babel Company. He worked in television, wrote and directed several television series and did a lot of reportages in Europe for Arab TV, as well as reports in Europe for Syria TV. In Iraq, he worked at the Ministry of Culture, in the department of Cinema and Theater, as a film director and directed several documentaries and a feature film. He is currently working as a cameraman in Liege since three years, and keep on making videos for COF, an organisation interested in making different formats. Asaad is also a writer who has published 12 books (novels and short stories), scripts for many TV series and shows and for short films.
- Zohra Benhammou & Romy Mana - Project 'Ana w yek' (work in progress)
Romy Mana (1994) and Zohra Benhammou (1994) are a filmmaker duo who live and work in Brussels. They both graduated in different fields. They share a love for film, personal histories and an interest in the complexity of the different social and cultural realities which can inhabit and define bodies in modern society. A shared interest evolved in writing and making films together. Romy and Zohra are currently working on a short documentary film, ana w yek, a mid length documentary film, Entre deux and a short film, Cabane.
- Louay Dabous - Project 'Once upon a time in Damascus Two cities, two personalities'
- Patrick Tass – Project 'Dear Mother'
Patrick Tass is a Belgian director of Palestinian origin born in Beirut in 1992. He completed degrees in directing at ALBA (Lebanon) and scriptwriting at the ULB (Belgium). Today, he lives in Brussels, working in the world of cinema. He teaches cinema analysis and scriptwriting courses at various Belgian cinema labs. He is a script doctor at Jay Dreams LLC. He has also worked in editing, casting and content development. He is currently directing two short films and cowriting a feature-film. In his works, Patrick focuses on themes such as identities and sexualities.
- Rebecca Tawk
This audiovisual residency programme is part of the project Halaqat organised by the Goethe-Institut together with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels and co-funded by the European Union.